How To Actually Make Money Blogging


How To Actually Make Money Blogging

I happen to love teaching others how to actually make money blogging. It just so happens to be one of my specialties so you’re in the right place if you’re looking for someone to teach you how to make your blog into a money making blog!

You can make money blogging in one of several ways. As a matter of fact, you can earn a fulltime income working from home by blogging. I do and have for quite some time!

To get started making money online it takes time and dedication. Once you have committed to this and put in the time and effort building your blog’s strong foundation you will find that you have what’s called a passive revenue source where really you can earn money like crazy.

There’s no stopping you from making a great deal of money as a blogger if you have the desire and are prepared to work hard right now.

If you go here, you’ll find step by step instructions on starting a blog the right way- the way that earns money- lots of it and lots of it right from the very beginning.


Income Reports

If you’ve been anywhere in the Blogosphere lately, then you will have seen all the bloggers that are reporting their monthly income reports. You may have seen $500, $1,500, $5,000, $20,000 or even more depending who are reporting their blogging income. You may have found yourself wondering just where on Earth this money is coming from or how on Earth they can be making that kind of income.

I must admit that those numbers do seem fairly crazy.

But if you are wondering just how they do that it’s really no big surprise. The answer is pretty simple. They either have one or more ways they are actively bringing in this money.

  1. Affiliate Links
  2. Sponsored Posts
  3. Ads
  4. Ebooks
  5. Courses
  6. Own Services/Products

A typical blogger will have some or all of these revenue sources included in their blog posts, which generate income. Each revenue source adds up to the blogger’s overall monthly profit.

You Can Blog Too And Make Money

Let me tell you that if you already have yourself a blog or are thinking about starting one, you could be making money too.

If you are ready then let’s start with what you’ll need to be able to be making money.

First things first, you need a blog and you need your own domain and hosting.

This is called self-hosting.

Free sites like Tumblr and Blogger don’t let you run ads, and unless you own your website, companies won’t partner with you as an affiliate.

This is essential. You may think that you are saving money by using a free hosting site, but it isn’t really free at all if you are losing out on the ability to make money on it!

You Need A Blog Set Up The Right Way To Make Money Blogging!

To set up your blog the right way for monetization, check out my free Start A Blog & Monetize It course. If your blog is already set up correctly, read on!

Monetizing Your Blog

When it comes to your blog and blogging in general, especially if you are trying to make a living at it, it is vitally important to give value to your audience by providing them quality blog content and honest information.

Amazing content is what you want to provide to your readers and then information about products that they will find relevant and helpful to them. Value is what you want to give them.

You should only recommend a product that you actually use, and that you actually like. If you are just posting about anything and everything and your blog is one big ad, visitors to your site will see through it, and probably won’t come back.

Creating honest blog content with relevant and helpful product information will build trust with your audience. Building trust is crucial in any business, your blog is no different!

To provide an example of what I’m talking about, I know absolutely nothing about vacuum cleaners so I’m not going to write any blog articles talking about them or providing any links to products for them. I would be being dishonest if I were creating content with affiliate links to something I’m not actually familiar with.

What I do know, is profitable blogging, marketing, and social media so that is what I blog about here.

I share with my readers the tools and products that I actually use and believe in. When I share a link to a product, my readers can be certain my recommendation is my honest opinion of it.

Let's Monetize

The definition of monetizing your blog means, is literally, making it run as a source of income. As mentioned above, you can monetize your blog in a variety of ways, the most common being:

6 Ways To Monetize Your Blog

  1. Affiliate Links
  2. Sponsored Posts
  3. Ads
  4. Ebooks
  5. Courses
  6. Own Services/Products

I recommend you monetize your blog from today- day one. You don’t need to wait until you are a “bigger blogger” to do it, just woman up as another popular blogger likes to say and monetize it now!

1 How To Make Money Blogging Affiliate Links

What is an affiliate program?

Most companies will have an affiliate program where they pay a commission to you for referring a new customer that buys their products to them.

If you blog about your favorite computer software, you should apply to that company to become an affiliate for their brand. Your blog posts about computer software are helping your readers with information they need, and you are referring business to that computer software company.

When you are an affiliate, you will post links in your blog posts to the computer software brand’s website, and anytime one of your readers clicks your link and then buys the computer software, that computer software company will pay you a percentage of the sale.

Some affiliate programs will even pay you a recurring commission, CreativeLive is one that pays 30% recurring commission every month! Check out this list of other High Paying Affiliate Programs Bloggers Can Join!

Start thinking about products that are relevant to your blog content, so that you can start earning money by referring the products you love to your readers. Look through all of your blog posts, did you mention any companies, products, or tools in any of your posts?

Start by making a list of companies you already blog about, because you will want to apply to their affiliate programs first.

How Do You Apply To Be An Affiliate?

Once you have a list of companies in mind, usually it’s as easy as going to their website and looking for anything referring to ‘Affiliate’ in their website’s footer or contact page.

In most cases, you can apply to become an affiliate right there on their website. If there is no mention of an affiliate program though, you can always do a google search of the Company Name + “Affiliate Program” and see if anything comes up.

Take a look at this list of some of my favorite high-paying affiliate programs, which you can join.

Another way to find affiliate programs is to join an affiliate referring network. These are websites that you become a member of (for free) and have access to several companies looking for affiliates.

There are a lot of these affiliate referring websites online, my favorites are listed below.


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Becoming an affiliate is fairly easy, and you don’t need a ton of page views or followers to be approved by most companies.

The amount of income you earn from your affiliate links once you’ve posted them depends on how well you’ve written your content to engage your readers, and how well you promote your posts to bring in more readers.

Remember, you don’t need to wait until you have a ‘bigger blog’ to join affiliate programs, you should join them as soon as you start blogging from day 1.

2 How To Make Money Blogging Sponsored Posts & Being An Influencer

The next step above being an affiliate is being an influencer, where you/your blog has a big enough following for brands to want to pay you a set rate in advance to post about them/their product.

Think of all of those pretty girls on Instagram holding some drink claiming to be a weight loss solution – those are all sponsored posts. The drink company is paying the Influencer for posting that photo.

Companies and brands will also pay influencers to write posts just for their product. A great way to find paid blogging jobs is by joining an influencer agency such as HelloSpon.

HelloSpon is an influencer & micro-influencer agency that connects bloggers with brands for paid blogging opportunities and blog & Instagram sponsorships.

The great thing about influencer marketing is that you don’t need a million Instagram followers to be able to make money as an influencer, as there is a big demand for Micro-Influencers too!

What Are Micro-Influencers?

Micro-Influencers have smaller social followings, typically 1,000 – 20,000 social media followers.

Brands love working with Micro-Influencers because their audiences tend to be a more engaged, targeted group. Consumers are more likely to buy what a Micro-Influencer recommends or is seen using than a big celebrity is seen endorsing.

Micro-Influencers earn a living from their small specialized online following, getting paid to blog and post on Instagram via sponsored brand partnership while gaining a ton of free products along the way.

You Can Earn A Living As A Micro-Influencer

Earning money from sponsored posts can be an excellent source of revenue for you.

How Much Should You Charge For A Sponsored Post?

A typical rule for sponsorship pricing is: number of followers X 10% or $10 for every 1000 page views your blog gets in a month.

My Favorite Influencer Networks

Joining an influencer network is a good way to find brands for paid sponsorships. Make sure you have your media kit ready to go!

In addition to HelloSpon, you can also check out:

Izea is a network for influencers to work with brands to make money from sponsored blog and Instagram posts.

You will get paid by leading brands and agencies to produce and share sponsored content with your social media followers. Izea is invite-only.

Linqia is an influencer agency. Bloggers can use this network to partner up with brands for sponsorships and get paid to write sponsored posts.
They accept bloggers who have 2,500+ monthly visitors or followers. It is invite-only.
Influenster connects bloggers with brands for product reviews, contests, and social sharing. This network doesn’t pay you, but you are given free products from top brands to try out and share your opinions of.

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3. how to make money blogging placing ads into your blog

I use the word ‘placing’ because I think of gently placing ads here because less is more when it comes to ads. You don’t want to overdo it!

Having a few (no more than 3) visually appealing advertisements that relate to your niche added into your blog post or sidebar is great, but having a ton of ads all over the place for anything and everything is not!

Too many ads on your blog distract from your own content, could look low class, and will likely be a turn off to your readers.



See that Tailwind ad above this paragraph? That is an example of a classy ad, it doesn’t take up much space, and it is related to the content of my blog. Plus it’s advertising something that I personally use, Tailwind has helped my Pinterest traffic skyrocket like crazy!

You can usually get ads directly from the affiliate programs you are part of. Simply logging into your affiliate network ( Awin / ShareASale / FlexOffers ) and copy and pasting the code to your website is all that is needed.

With these types of ads, you will earn a commission whenever someone buys something after clicking on the ad.

Another way to earn money from ads is to use Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising, which pays you a few cents anytime someone clicks on your ad, regardless if they go on to make a purchase or not.

You earn more money depending on how many page views your website gets, but you don’t earn a commission if there is a sale.

Google Adsense and are two PPC networks you can join to get these types of ads on your website. Both are free to join and free to use.

When you have more than 25,000 sessions a month you can apply to higher-paying ad programs such as MediaVine.

4. How To Make Money Blogging: Sell An eBook

You are probably an expert at something, and if so, you could probably write a book about it. Creating an eBook and selling it on your website is a great way to earn passive income.

You write it once, put it up for sale, and then (hopefully) it sells over and over again, without you having to do anything, your readers are able to pay for and download it directly from your site.

I wrote an eBook about slime for one of my other blogs and I gave it away for free as an opt-in for my mailing list.

You could easily create your ebook in Canva for free and then sell it on your own website, or use Blurb to sell it on Amazon, Apple, etc.

5. How To Make Money Blogging: Teach An Online Course

Creating a course on a topic that you are passionate about can be a very profitable source of passive income. You create lessons, usually in video segments and your students pay a fee to watch them.

Usually, you will offer a worksheet with course material and notes too. I have created a few courses on my own and currently, I am working on some courses through Teachable.


If you have ever thought about creating and selling your own online course, Teachable is a fantastic platform to use. The professional plan has no fees, so you keep every cent from selling your course.

6. How To Make Money Blogging: Offering Your Own Services & Products

Are you a Photographer? Web Designer? Professional Bowler? Be sure to have a Work With Me page on your website that clearly describes your services and what they cost.

You will be surprised how many people are looking to hire someone who does just what you do, you just need to direct them to find you.

Do you make something? Baby clothes? Thank you cards? Slime for preschoolers? Perhaps you run a dropshipping business?

Set up a shop on your website and sell directly to your readers. Shopify is an awesome place to run your online shop, it is so user-friendly!

Shopify allows you to create a beautiful, responsive storefront, give you a ton of features and offers easy integration with several payment options. It is the go-to for many business owners big and small. You can learn more about starting an online store and get Shopify FREE here.


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